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Build with Chrome

Build with Chrome | technologies |
Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.
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Build with Chrome, is a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group which has brought colourful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now Google has opening it up to everybody. So now users can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.
There are a few new features to make it easier to build and explore this digital world of LEGO creations.
- Users can now sign in with a Google+ account to help find stuff that people in your circles have created.
- A new categorization system for completed Builds will help users sort and filter for specific types of structures.
- To hone skills users can explore the Build Academy, a series of short tutorials.

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Educational Apps | Facebook

Educational Apps | Facebook | technologies |

Educational Apps. FiTES (Find Try Evaluate & Share) - You are the experts in your field of work

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Sharing posts about apps and extensions I've found, tried and evaluated for the world of Education.
For learners, practitioners, and other stakeholders...
Take a look.
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iSLCollective video quiz maker - Video lessons

iSLCollective video quiz maker - Video lessons | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
The iSLCollective video quiz maker is a 'free web-based tool that allows Education Practitioners to create interactive video quizzes around YouTube and Vimeo videos. 
This is how it works, either... 
  - Register and login (It's FREE)
  - choose videos from YouTube or Vimeo.
  - write questions that will pop up throughout the video.
 - can also add a lesson plan, vocabulary list, and discussion questions. or... 
There is also an option for Practitioners to...
  - search for already-made video quizzes in the iSLCollective library.
  - tailor the quiz questions to meet the needs of their learners'. 
Once the new or tailored video quiz is ready, Practitioners...
  - click on ‘publish’ and
  - provide data about the video such as title, summary, lesson type, level, etc. 
Video quizzes created through iSLCollective provide different ‘play mode’ options. 
Learners can...
  - watch the video without quiz,
  - play video quiz in interactive mode,
  - use the Casino game mode, or
  - play it in non-interactive mode. 
There are several reasons why Practitioners would want to try out iSLCollective in their learning environments.
  - the quizzes allow Practitioners to focus on their learners during class, rather than handling the video.
  - the iSLCollective video quiz maker gives them a break from keeping track of video pauses, printing the questions beforehand, etc., and
  - the interactivity and gamification adds playfulness to video work
  - with various play modes (e.g. the classic Casino game where you bet on the right answer) and features like the tapping game where students tap on objects seen in the paused video screen. 
It’s a great homework/flipped learning tool as well! 
For an overview, watch the video tutorial at
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StepShot - A software documentation tool that creates step-by-step user guides

StepShot - A software documentation tool that creates step-by-step user guides | technologies |
Perfect software documentation tool that creates manuals, IT documents, step-by-step user guides, capturing software-based procedures.
John Dalziel's insight:
StepShot is a fantastic tool for creating guides, which can complement microlearning in a workplace and/or other learning environments. 
StepShot helps Educational Practitioners to create a professional-looking and easy-to-understand guide, within just a few minutes. 
StepShot’s software can capture screenshots from any device and integrate them into the guide within seconds. 
Some of its features allow for collating materials very effectively, and literally automate most of the creation process. 
Educational Practitioners can use StepShot for storing and sharing knowledge within their organisation. 
StepShot is a perfect software documentation tool for creating...
  - IT documents,
  - technical instructions,
  - user manuals, and
  - step-by-step reference guides, describing software-based procedures. 
Guides and manuals created with StepShot will be of great help when onboarding new learners/employees. 
See how StepShop works by watching the video at ;
StepShot isn't free but is well worth a closer look.
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Classkick -  learn together in real time

Classkick -  learn together in real time | technologies |
Kickstart Student Learning

Give quality, real-time feedback when students need it most.

Get Started, It's Free
John Dalziel's insight:
I'm sure we all agree that being able to provide feedback and assistance, especially to learners who might be struggling, is important. 
The Classkick app helps with that process by providing Educational Practitioners with faster ways to provide feedback. Classkick is an app that allows learners and Educational Practitioners to learn together in real time. 
Practitioners can create lessons using...
  - existing worksheets, or
  - new text, audio, or videos. 
Students complete their work on a...
  - Chromebook,
  - iPad,
  - laptop, or
  - desktop. 
Practitioners can view the work that Learners are doing in real time and can see anyone who might need help. 
Practitioners can provide comments and feedback to learners in real time as well. 
Classkick allows learners to help each other and it can be used by learners who are physically present in the learning environment as well as by ones who might be elsewhere. 
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PaperRater - Free Online Proofreader: Grammar Check, Plagiarism Detection, and more

PaperRater - Free Online Proofreader: Grammar Check, Plagiarism Detection, and more | technologies |
PaperRater uses Artificial Intelligence to improve your writing. Includes grammar, plagiarism, and spelling check, along with word choice analysis and automated grading.
John Dalziel's insight:
Writing is an essential skill for learners/adults to master. 
There are dozens of tools on the Internet designed to help correct grammar, spelling, and improve your writing skills. 
Paper Rater is a free on-line tool to correct grammar and spelling errors. 
  - upload or copy and paste your text in the site. Then...
  - answer a few questions about the type of paper you are writing and the education level at which you are writing. 
Paper Rater will then analyse your paper for common errors and suggest improvements to your writing. 
There is even a proofreading feature available on the Pro Version. The fact that learners can use this tool on-line and it gives them a suggested "grade" and even provides resources for improving their writing, must make it worth a closer look.
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ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software 

ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software  | technologies |
Download ClassFlow for your Classroom, the next generation lesson delivery software for interactive whiteboards.
John Dalziel's insight:
ClassFlow is a free lesson delivery application that helps Education Practitioners design interactive and engaging lessons. 
Practitioners can create lessons from scratch or find free and low cost lessons that are already made in the marketplace. 
To get started, users need to...
  - set up a free account, then
  - set up new classes manually or import them from Google Classroom. 
ClassFlow also has an app called ClassFlow Moments that is specifically designed to keep parents, and/or other stakeholders, in the loop. 
As an Education Practitioners you have many options for what you can include in your classes including...
  - Interactive Whiteboard- Draw freehand or insert text and shapes. 
  - Quick Poll- Select from eight types of questions including multiple choice, true/false, essay, and creative response.
  - New Lesson- Create one or more cards that contain text, pictures, and shapes.
  - New Activity- Categorize items, crossword puzzle, flashcards, labeling diagrams, matching, memory, sequencing, timelines, Venn diagrams, and word search.
  - Assessments- Build different types questions to check for understanding including, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay, and creative response. 
Find out more about ClassFlow by watching an overview at ;
ClassFlow can be used with learners at all grade levels. 
Like many tools, used in learning environments, this will take some practice and repetition to ensure learners are comfortable with it.
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Poetry By Heart -Poetry Resources

Poetry By Heart -Poetry Resources | technologies |
Poetry By Heart 2014
John Dalziel's insight:
Poetry by Heart is a dynamic website that encourages learners to engage in poetry and, in England, encourage learners aged between 14 and 18, to take part in competitions. 
Poetry by Heart is funded by the Department for Education, maintained and developed by The Poetry Archive - - and The Full English - - as a resource for a national poetry recitation competition and for teaching and learning about poetry. 
Poetry by Heart has compiled... 
  - Shakespeare’s Sonnets where Education Practitioners, learners and curious visitors alike can explore all 154 of his sonnets. 
  - a First World War Poetry showcase to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War 
  - Poetry for children 
  - a Learning Zone 
  - a Random Poem "Lucky Dip"
...and more. 
All three websites must be worth a closer look.
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Biteslide - Research, create, and present projects on-line

Biteslide - Research, create, and present projects on-line | technologies |

Biteslide is engaging presentation tool for learners to research, create, and present projects online.

John Dalziel's insight:
Designed for Educational Practitioners and younger learners, with Biteslide learners can create digital slideshows using text, photos, and video clips. 
Once Educational Practitioners create their own accounts, they can add learners and assign projects. 
Practitioners can...
  - make a "slidebook" (slideshow) template for learners to copy and customise, or
  - provide general instructions and give students free reign. Learners then sign in with a unique username and password and create their slidebooks. 
Learners can search for images or videos on Google or YouTube from their computers -- a custom search tool is embedded in the slidebook creation screen. 
Learners can also customise the design of their slides, as well as add "editors" to allow for collaboration with other learners. Finished slidebooks can be downloaded or printed, and learners can mark their slidebooks "ready for review." 
  1: A limited number of student accounts and projects, and unlimited slidebooks, are available with a free teacher account. Other paid subscription levels offer more options.
  2: Essentially Biteslide is a of PowerPoint that learners can use to present ideas, organise thoughts, or demonstrate what they've learned.
  3: Learners can't create their own drawings, video, or audio content within Biteslide. 
The opportunities provided by this open-ended digital creation tool are limited only by a user's imagination 
The easiest way for you to evaluate Biteslide, is to try out the demo at ;
Go on, give it a go.
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Live Science - Bring Science Courses to life

For anyone who ever wondered 'why', Live Science makes every day a little more interesting by illuminating the amazing world around us
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Live Science launched in 2004, offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation and wearable technology. 
A STEM/STEAM Portal where Educational Practitioners and Learners can access tons of interactive activities, video tutorials, guides, lesson plans, and news articles covering the latest in the world of science. 
Well worth a look.
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Poll Everywhere - now has a Chrome extension for Google Slides

Poll Everywhere - now has a Chrome extension for Google Slides | technologies |

Poll Everywhere is the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue… conferences, concerts, classrooms, and company off-sites — anywhere with internet. 

John Dalziel's insight:
Poll Everywhere provides a clicker-free learning environment response system, that improves learning outcomes, and fills the diverse needs of educators and learners. 
Poll Everywhere...
  - transforms learners' phones into teaching aids. Learners respond to the polls on-line or via SMS texting. No clickers required;
  - uses multiple poll types, including multiple-choice and word cloud, throughout an educational practitioners presentation, identifying gaps in understanding and
  - uses anonymous polling which creates a safe space for reluctant learners to respond openly. 
Poll Everywhere now has a Chrome extension for Google Slides - - that makes embedding different kinds of polls into Google Slide presentations quicker and easier. 
Once users install the Poll Everywhere Chrome extension, they will notice a Poll Everywhere drop-down menu appear on any Google Slides presentation that they open. 
The first time users click on the drop-down menu they will be asked to create an account or sign into their Poll Everywhere account if they have previously used the Poll Everywhere Website. Users just...
  - create or log in to their Poll Everywhere account.
  - create the questions they’d like to ask their audience.
  - embed poll questions and surveys in their Google Slides.
  - invite the audience to respond via the web or SMS and
  - watch responses appear instantly on the slide in real-time. Poll Everywhere allows Educational Practitioners to transform one-way presentations into a lively conversation with their learners. 
Using the smartphones and devices learners carry with them, learners can submit live responses straight to the Google slide. 
  - this Chrome Extension works with Keynote, PowerPoint and Google Slides™.
  - the free version contains many wonderful options and varieties for different kinds of polls.
  - the premium subscriptions come with a few more bells and whistles 
Must be worth a closer look.
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SymbalooEDU - Visually organise digital content

SymbalooEDU - Visually organise digital content | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
SymbalooEDU is a visual resource management tool that Educational Practitioners, and their learners, can use to visually organise and share digital content. 
It helps users manage their favourite bookmarks and web resources, then share them with their colleagues or learners. 
SymbalooEDU accounts are entirely cloud-based and therefore users can access their resources from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, whenever they need them. 
It doesn’t stop there! 
With features like embedded content, group tiles and sequenced tiles, educators around the world are creating lesson plans, research assignments and personalised learning in many different ways. 
SymbalooEDU is used by Learning Providers to support... 
  - learning environments,
  - Blended Learning,
  - Flipped Classroom and
  - BYOD 
A big plus for users is that SymbalooEDU can be embedded on their own Websites. SymbalooEDU provides the code, and users just copy+paste it onto any of their websites. 
Take a look at an overview at ;
Well worth a closer look...
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The Concord Consortium - hundreds of free research-based resources

The Concord Consortium - hundreds of free research-based resources | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
The Concord Consortium provides hundreds of free resources that are research-based, and available to use today. 
The Concord Consortium helps Educational Practitioners find the right resources for their learning goals. 
Educational Practitioners just need to sign up to... 
  - create classes,
  - assign activities,
  - track student progress, 
...and more. 
Users can...
  - search by keyword or
  - Browse using a range of filters. 
Many of the resources available are part of collections created by Concord Consortium's various research projects. 
Each collection has specific learning goals within the context of a larger subject area. 
Note: Educational Practitioners can find out more at where they can also... 
  - subscribe to the eNews updates via email
  - read commentary on the latest developments in education and technology at Concord Consortium's blogs. 
Cons: Some activities are Java-based and hard to use in some Learning Environments. 
A "should take a closer look" for all STEM/STEAM Practitioners.
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Spiral's Team Up- improve the process and outcomes of group work

Spiral's Team Up- improve the process and outcomes of group work | technologies |
Spiral - The fastest way to carry out formative assessments.
John Dalziel's insight:
Team Up is a tool that improves the process and outcomes of group work. 
Learners work in teams during one or more sessions - contributing ideas and building shared presentations in the form of slide shows. 
Teams can work from individual or shared devices to create high quality outcomes that everyone can learn from. 
Must be worth a closer look.
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NicerTube | Instantly Remove Comments and Distractions around YouTube™ Videos!

NicerTube | Instantly Remove Comments and Distractions around YouTube™ Videos! | technologies |
Get rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos by using NicerTube. Works like Magic!
John Dalziel's insight:
Many Educational Practitioners use YouTube as a teaching tool on a regular basis. 
Although it has improved over time, questionable content sometimes appeared in the suggested videos section. 
NicerTube is a YouTube platform alternative. 
NicerTube is very easy to use, simply...
  - copy and paste the URL of a YouTube video,
  - choose a creative background, and
  - NicerTube creates your new video platform. 
Want to see an example? 
NicerTube conversion result ;
NicerTube is free, easy-to-use, and allows users to make as many videos as they would like; however, it does contain advertisements.
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Magisto - Educational Practitioners can use it for microlearning

Magisto - Educational Practitioners can use it for microlearning | technologies |
Magisto online video editor is the easiest and fastest video maker. Make inspiring video stories and business videos in minutes, with Magisto video editing
John Dalziel's insight:
Magisto is a tool for making short marketing videos but Educational Practitioners can use it for microlearning in a workplace in two ways:
  - Making educational videos for courses.
  - getting learners to make videos to revise the material they've learned. 
This type of ‘assignment’ is more fun, so learners will be more excited to do it. 
Practitioners can use the assignment as a final project, and boost the learners’ motivation by making it a contest for the best or most creative video. 
Another worth a closer look.
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SlideShare - Share and Discover Knowledge on LinkedIn 

SlideShare - Share and Discover Knowledge on LinkedIn  | technologies |
Discover, Share, and Present presentations and infographics with the world’s largest professional content sharing community.
John Dalziel's insight:
SlideShare has 70 million registered users, and over 18 million presentations shared on the platform. 
It’s a fantastic alternative to PowerPoint, which allows users to take their presentations out of their learning environment. 
The presentation format is one of the most effective ways to display information in micro-learning classes. 
 Posting slides to SlideShare will enable all of an Educational Practitioners' Learners to access them for revision, at any time. It’s also the best option for learning Providers/businesses with remote learners/employees.
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Teach - When I Worry About Things - BBC

Teach - When I Worry About Things - BBC | technologies |
A collection of short films that explore mental health issues faced by young people.
John Dalziel's insight:
BBC Teach have a range of resources to help Educational Practitioners if they're looking to talk about mental health in the classroom
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Do Nothing for 2 Minutes -  Alleviate stress, and refocus

Do Nothing for 2 Minutes -  Alleviate stress, and refocus | technologies |
I just did nothing for 2 minutes. Can you?
John Dalziel's insight:
There are times when Education Practitioners and learners alike feel completely overwhelmed. 
  - stress of a deadline,
  - pressure of an assignment, or
  - time constraints 
...can create stress in our lives. 
How they manage stress can impact...
  - grades,
  - decisions, and even
  - professional reputation. 
There has been a lot of articles about...
  - the power of yoga,
  - guided breathing,
  - meditation and mindfulness today's learning environments. 
Sounds great, but how can you get started? 
Well, Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is an easy-to-use website with a simplistic objective. 
Simply visit the site and do nothing for 2 minutes. 
Once users visit the site, they...
  - will hear the sounds of the ocean and see the picture of a sunset.
  - are encouraged to relax and do absolutely nothing for 2 minutes. 
A clock appears on their screen with a 2 minute countdown. 
If users move their mouse or touch their keyboard, the timer will restart back to 2 minutes. 
Whether practitioners use it with learners or for themselves, it's a great tool that can be used to calm minds. 
Give it a try and see if it calms your mind, alleviates stress and/or helps you refocus.
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Acquainted - on-line polls -Learners respond and get feedback

Acquainted - on-line polls -Learners respond and get feedback | technologies |
Make chatbot polls. Fast.
John Dalziel's insight:
Acquainted was designed for conducting on-line polls. 
Unlike other on-line polling tools, Acquainted is a conversational polling tool. 
What that means is that people who take an Acquainted poll can get an instant response based on their selection from of poll options. 
This would make a great addition to... 
  - a course website and/or 
  - on-line learning platforms 
...and more. 
Education Practitioners could build a series of questions for their learners to respond to and get feedback. 
Practitioners can build responses that provide explanations of why an answer is correct or incorrect. 
Responses might even include a link to further explanations. 
Try it out on the home page (bottom right of screen), to get an idea of how it works. 
Must be worth a try!
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Planboard - Digital lesson planner

Planboard - Digital lesson planner | technologies |
Get organized and reduce your classroom prep time. Accessible from anywhere to plan lessons, align to curriculum sets, and manage your schedule with ease.
John Dalziel's insight:
Planboard is an organisational tool (website and app) for lesson planning and tracking. 
Users start by...
  - creating a free account, then
  - create colour-coded subjects -- which can be further organised into sections if the subject is taught to more than one group, or class, of learners. Then
  - add subjects to a schedule using a built-in calendar. 
Creating and organising lessons is the final step; templates are available and editing tools allow users to... 
  - embed videos, 
  - attach documents,
  - include links to Google documents, 
...and more. 
Additional features are well worth exploring and using after the basic setup is complete. Curriculum sets can be added to subjects; lessons can be copied, shifted, and exported for collaboration with other educators; and standards can be added to lessons. 
Users can sync Planboard with other apps from, including Markboard, Attendance, and Collaborate. 
Markboard helps users manage assessment, Attendance tracks learner absences, and Collaborate is a comprehensive sharing tool. 
NOTE: There's quite a steep learning curve, and requires quite a lot of setup time. However, Planboard should save educational practitioners time in the long run and reduce the stress of managing course schedules and trying to keep lesson resources organised. 
The Tutorial videos do an excellent job of walking users through the features and how to use them. 
Download Planboard for...
View and edit your lessons anywhere 
Must be worth a closer look.
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Kiddom - Collaborative Learning Platform for Educational Practitioners

Kiddom - Collaborative Learning Platform for Educational Practitioners | technologies |

Kiddom is the easiest way to plan, assess, and analyse learning. Practitioners and learners sign up for free.

John Dalziel's insight:
Kiddom provides an easy Way to Plan, Assess, and Analyse Learning which is similar to Google Classroom;. there is also a free iPhone and iPad app at 
Kiddom provides a collaborative learning space where Educational Practitioners can...
  - plan,
  - assess and
  - analyze 
Kiddom is ideal for...
  - blended learning or
  - flipped learning environments. 
Kiddom is also integrated with Google Drive allowing users to easily create and share documents with learners. 
To help both Educational Practitioners and learners stay organised, Kiddom automatically creates folders for documents and assignments shared through Google Drive. 
Educational Practitioners can use Kiddom to monitor learners progress using the app’s integrated grade book. 
Based on generated progress reports, Educational Practitioners can track learners' learning and assess classroom performance. 
Kiddom’s assessment library provides... 
  - quizzes, 
  - videos, 
  - assessments, 
  - lessons, 
  - real-world exercises,
...and more. 
Learners can use Kiddom to see all of their papers, videos, quizzes, practice worksheets and more. 
Kiddom also allows them access to ‘detailed achievement reports in real-time. 
Easily understandable graphs to show what they mastered, what needs work, and what to focus on next. 
Free for learning environments: Kiddom is an easy way to plan, assess, and analyse learning.
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Read2Me - Convert Text to Audio

Read2Me - Convert Text to Audio | technologies |
Instantly convert articles from your favorite websites into a podcast.
John Dalziel's insight:
Read2Me is a free service that could be a useful resource to support learners. 
Read2Me can be used to play the audio of an article while learners are reading a printed copy of the same. 
This can be a great help to some learners enabling them to participate more in group discussions. 
Read2Me is free service, converting a webpage or an uploaded document into an audio file that learners can listen to on the Read2Me website. 
To use Read2Me users simply have to...
  - paste a link to an article or
  - upload a file and then
  - be patient while it converts to audio. 
When the conversion is complete...
  - hit the play button on Read2Me and
  - listen to the text of the article spoken aloud. 
Users can adjust the speed at which the narrator speaks. 
Note: 60 seconds of audio can be produced without having to create an account on Read2Me. 
If users do create an account, they can have five minutes of audio produced per day. As a frame of reference, a typical article from a news website yields less than five minutes of audio.
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Feedly: organise, read and share what matters to you.

Feedly: organise, read and share what matters to you. | technologies |
Feedly: organize, read and share what matters to you.
John Dalziel's insight:
Feedly has recently added some new interesting features to improve the way users save, read and share web content. 
With these new features, users will be able to create boards, highlight salient part of stories, and add notes. 
Users are in control of... 
  - which publications they follow,
  - which blogs they follow,
  - which YouTube Channels they follow,
  - which Google Keyword Alerts they monitor,
  - which sources they turn into easy-to-read feeds and
  - which content from their organisation's internal portals, content management systems, and SaaS applications they access securely. 
All that content can be organised into easy to read collections and, if required, shared via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, email and more. 
Such posts can be scheduled with Hootsuite or Buffer. 
Ideal for Subject centred collaboration where Educational Practitioners can curate, comment and prioritise the best articles/resources/etc., about specific topics and ideas. 
Must be worth a closer look.
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eduClipper - curate and organise digital content

eduClipper - curate and organise digital content | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
Educlipper is a website where Educational Practitioners can curate and organise digital content. 
 Educlipper has been designed specifically for educators and by an educator. 
To set up an Educlipper account is pretty easy and can be done in a few clicks and once logged in registered users can instantly start adding content . 
There is also a handy Educlipit button that users can install on their browser to bookmark digital content they come across while browsing the web. 
Another good feature that Educlipper offers to its users is that users can work collaboratively on the content they curate from the web, they can also organise it into educlipboards and share it with others - learners for example.
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Spiral's Clip- turn video clips into a live chat with questions and quizzes

Spiral's Clip- turn video clips into a live chat with questions and quizzes | technologies |

Spiral - get learners to focus and concentrate on course video clips

John Dalziel's insight:
Spiral's Clip turns any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. 
Educational Practitioners can provide instant feedback and see how their learners are performing. 
Go on, try it out...
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Spiral's Discuss  - encourages learners to share their ideas in their learning environment

Spiral's Discuss  - encourages learners to share their ideas in their learning environment | technologies |
Spiral - The fastest way to carry out formative assessments.
John Dalziel's insight:
The content created, using Discuss, forms a valuable shared knowledge base which can be accessed in the future for reviewing and assessing student progress and to inform future planning. Another tool worth trying out!
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